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Parties, Representation, and Governance in the 21st Century

October 22, 2018

Has the age of party democracy passed?

#Republic: Divided Democracy in an Age of Social Media

February 13, 2017

As the Internet grows more sophisticated, it is creating new threats to democracy.

Election 2016: Recapping the Presidential Race

October 10, 2016

**We are no longer accepting RSVPs. This event is at capacity. Please join us via Facebook Live.** The Presidential Election of 2016 has been unlike any in modern American history.

Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States

February 1, 2016

ABSTRACTIn Ballot Battles, Edward Foley presents a sweeping history of election controversies in the United States, tracing how their evolution generated legal precedents that ultimately...

Conference on Democracy and its Discontents

October 9, 2015

The Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective is holding a conference on Democracy and its Discontents on October 8-10 in Budapest, Hungary.

A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective

May 21, 2015

Abstract:American democracy differs greatly from other democracies around the world.  But is the American way more or less efficacious than comparable democracies in Asia, Latin America, or Europe?...

The Partisan Divide - Congress in Crisis

February 19, 2015

Abstract Two former congressmen present the keys to fixing a broken Congress in “A smart book that asks the right questions and offers some intriguing solutions.”— President Bill Clinton Premiere...

Fear and Loathing in U.S. Party Politics

January 8, 2015

ABSTRACTWhen defined in terms of social identity and evaluations of in and out groups, the polarization of the American electorate has clearly increased.

Lobbying and Campaign Finance

November 14, 2014

On November 14-15, the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective hosted a conference on Lobbying and Campaign Finance.

Blueprint for Bipartisanship: A Conversation with Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet

November 11, 2014

  Senator Olympia Jean Snowe is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and served an 18-year career in the Senate, which ended on January 2, 2013.

Electoral System Reform

March 14, 2014

On March 14-15, the Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, held a workshop on electoral system alternatives in the...

Clientelism in Historical Perspective: the 19th-century United States

October 10, 2013

Abstract: What explains the decline of clientelism in advanced democracies?


Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Didi Kuo Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL, Associate Director for Research, CDDRL Academic Research & Program Manager, American Democracy in Comparative Perspective
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science